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More Mumps Cases Found, Most Tied To D'Jais Bar In Belmar

A total of 22 mumps cases have been reported; 20 of them had contact with D'Jais bar, health officials said.

The probable outbreak of mumps has increased to 22 cases, and the majority of those affected are tied to D'Jais bar in Belmar, county health officials said Thursday.

The Monmouth County Health Department said that 15 additional cases of probable mumps have been reported, bringing the number to 22 cases that the department is investigating. 

Of those cases, the overwhelming majority -- 21 cases -- either work or attended the popular beachfront bar in recent weeks. One of those afflicted is a pre-schooler, according to a county health department release.

No one from D'Jais could be immediately reached for comment.

Of those exhibiting signs of mumps about half are from Monmouth County, with the other half living outside the county, including one from Florida, the department said.

“Since yesterday, an additional 15 individuals with mumps-like symptoms have come forward,” Michael Meddis, county public health coordinator, said in a release. “The medical professionals advised these individuals to be on bed rest, increase their fluid intake and take steps to reduce their fever.”

People reporting mumps-like symptoms living in the county are from Asbury Park, Belmar, Farmingdale, four people from Howell, Keyport, three from Long Branch, Neptune City, Tinton Falls and Wall Township, the department said.

Mumps symptoms have been reported in people living in Woodbridge, Saddle Brooke, Ogdensburg, Emerson, Lawrenceville, two from Point Pleasant and Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Meddis said in the release that the investigation is continuing as new cases are presented and to determine the source of transmission and identify close personal contacts.

People who were vaccinated with the MMR -- measles, mumps and rubella -- vaccine, as an infant and again between the ages of 4 and 6, are 90 percent less likely to contract mumps, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Symptoms of the infection include swelling of salivary glands, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Mumps is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, according to the release.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine given at infancy and again between 4 and 6 years old renders a person 90 percent less likely to contract mumps, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most mumps transmission likely occurs before the salivary glands begin to swell and within the 5 days after the swelling begins. Therefore, CDC recommends isolating mumps patients for 5 days after their glands begin to swell, the release says.

Anyone with such symptoms should contact their health care professional immediately.

More information about mumps is available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html.
Monica Araujo September 05, 2013 at 07:00 PM
this is so crazy!
Dr. James W. Brown September 20, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I was happy to see D’Jais reopen to have its annual closing party last Saturday September 14. I was very impressed with the owner, Frank Sementa, who after being notified by the health department in connection with the mumps outbreak, voluntarily closed the nightclub to have it totally cleaned, sanitized and employees offered vaccinations and giving the virus a chance to run its course. Frank has always been a pillar of the community and runs an establishment that all people who visit the Jersey shore can be proud of. I visited last weekend and witnessed a customer bump into another customer and spill part of their drink. It was cleaned up almost immediately. Many times I have stopped by late at night for a bite to eat outside and noticed how well run it was. Customers who may have had too much to drink are ushered to awaiting taxis that take them home. This was quite different from memories of my college days. My “hats off “to you Frank for doing the right thing. I hope to see everyone back next season.

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